The BBC lied to us all. We were teased that ten Doctor Whos would be leading the country in the #ClapForOurCarers national activity at 8pm tonight. in which every week the nation applauds doctors, nurses and caring staff. It was all meant to be in the lead-up to 8pm on tonight's Big Night In BBC telethon. But it didn't happen. We may still get it, but a surprise took its place. With Stephen Fry reprising his role as a modern-day version of Lord/General Melchett from the Blackadder TV show, allegedly isolating with the modern-day versions of Blackadder and Baldrick, and talking to his modern-day superior, Prince William. UPDATE: And here's the video.
A little back and forth badinage between the two over William's German heritage, and their World War Two history. And ended with Stephen Fry taking to the steps to lead the nation in applause, and Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte. Then followed by applause from around the country, with love for the NHS to follow. Here are some screencaps. No Doctor Who yet, but we did get David Tennant and Catherine state reprising their Comic Relief sketch from a decade ago, now in social isolation and a one-to-one tutorial for a Lauren who is now TikTok famous…
The evening will also include performances and appearances by other Doctor Who stars. Sir Lenny Henry has been hosting the event. Matt Lucas' revived Baked Potato song has been raising money for NHS charities, so we can expect an all-star rendition of that Shooting Stars favourite. Peter Kay will unveil a new all-star lipsynch version of Is This The Way To Amarillo.
Other stars appearing in the three hour show include Dawn French, Matt Baker, Zoe Ball, Paddy McGuinness and Davina McCall hosting, with Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Jack Whitehall, Romesh Ranganathan, Mary Berry Miranda Hart, Little Mix, Sam Smith, and the cast of People Just Do Nothing lined up to appear. Gary Barlow will perform Sing with friends including Liam Payne, Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe. The Strictly Come Dancing judges have a new routine for people to learn at home for exercising purposes. An EastEnders virtual pub quiz will be hosted by Ian Beale.
BBC's The Big Night In will aim to raise millions of pounds for vulnerable people around the UK and the government has pledged to match all public donations, with a minimum of £20 million. And a little Doctor Who all round.